Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site Welcome to the official Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site page. Schuyler Mansion was once home to Philip J. Schuyler (1733-1804), renowned Revolutionary War Major-General, State Senator, and business entrepreneur.
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2019 Season: May 15 - Oct 31, Wednesday - Sunday Hours: May & June: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. July & August: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. September & October: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tour Times: May & June: Tours begin at 11:00 a.m., are offered on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m. July & Aug: Tours begin at 10:00 a.m., are offered on the hour, with the last tour at 4:00 p.m. Please note: The last tour on SUNDAYS during these two months, will be at 3:00 p.m. Sept & Oct: Tours begin at 11:00 a.m., are offered on the hour, with the last tour at 4:00 p.m. Tour Info: Generally, tours begin at the above listed hours; however, pre-registered groups and special events will alter the tour schedule. Calling prior to your visit to check for schedule changes highly recommended. All tours at Schuyler Mansion are guided tours. Visitors may enter the house only when accompanied by staff. General tours last an hour. General tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Schuyler Mansion does not take reservations for general tours (except for large groups, of course). Please call the site at (518) 434 – 0834 if you have further questions about Schuyler Mansion's open hours or tours.

Georgina Schuyler was one of the biggest driving forces behind the preservation of Schuyler Mansion, but that love of hi...
05/17/2020
Georgina Schuyler: Young Preservationist

Georgina Schuyler was one of the biggest driving forces behind the preservation of Schuyler Mansion, but that love of historic homes was dyed deep. Click the link below to learn more about Georgina Schuyler's early interest in preservation.

Georgina Schuyler, aged 4. Painted by John Carlin, 1845. At NYHS. May is Historic Preservation Month, which provides us with some time ...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the site yesterday!
05/06/2020
Tulip Driving Tour Bingo

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the site yesterday!

Play the Tulip Driving Tour Bingo while on the Self-Guided Tulips & Gardens Driving Tour for a chance to win a prize!

How clever are the people at Discover Albany? Visit the city's website to discover how you can still enjoy the famous Al...
05/05/2020
Enjoy The 2020 Albany Tulip Festival's New Virtual Format

How clever are the people at Discover Albany? Visit the city's website to discover how you can still enjoy the famous Albany Tulip Festival this weekend! Be sure to find the link for the Tulip Driving Tour Bingo (hint hint: Schuyler Mansion is included 🌷😉).

In-person components of the 2020 Albany Tulip Festival have been canceled, but you can still experience the beauty of the tulips from the comfort and safety of your own home.

If you're on Twitter, check out Schuyler Mansion's twitter feed for even more neat information, Schuyler/Hamilton-family...
05/02/2020
The Hamilton Children: Part One

If you're on Twitter, check out Schuyler Mansion's twitter feed for even more neat information, Schuyler/Hamilton-family trivia, images, and more. Not on Twitter? Don't worry! We've rounded up some of the highlights of one of our most popular recent threads on the blog!

On Twitter we’ve been highlighting one of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton’s children each week. The couple had eight children, an...

They've bloomed! Today, 4/29, the Schuyler Mansion tulips have greeted us with their beautiful colors - red, yellow, and...
04/29/2020

They've bloomed! Today, 4/29, the Schuyler Mansion tulips have greeted us with their beautiful colors - red, yellow, and this stunning variegated outlier. #518TulipTracker #DiscoverAlbany #springinAlbany

04/26/2020

It's today! Musicians of Ma'alwyck will be live streaming their spring concert, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot, from Ma'alwyck House at 3:00 p.m. Find the link to the concert here: https://musiciansofmaalwyck.org/

A few more beautiful blooms showing their colors at Schuyler Mansion. The brick arch was once the entrance (via a stairc...
04/25/2020

A few more beautiful blooms showing their colors at Schuyler Mansion. The brick arch was once the entrance (via a staircase from the courtyard) to the cellar of the mansion. Archaeological, structural, and documentary evidence indicates that the cellar was used as a work space as well as for storage, and may have served as seasonal living and sleeping space for the people enslaved by the Schuylers.

Schuyler Mansion is lovely, but just look at the all the color and beauty to be found around us as well! Wonderful 19th ...
04/25/2020

Schuyler Mansion is lovely, but just look at the all the color and beauty to be found around us as well! Wonderful 19th century buildings across the street, and the stellar Howe branch of the Albany Public Library just out front.

Look at that blue!
04/25/2020

Look at that blue!

Other small signs of spring at the  mansion ...!#518TulipTracker #DiscoverAlbany #springinalbany
04/22/2020

Other small signs of spring at the mansion ...!
#518TulipTracker #DiscoverAlbany #springinalbany

Discover Albany
04/22/2020

Discover Albany

This “Tulip Tuesday” with Albany Events we are tracking the tulips in Quackenbush Square - home to the Discover Albany Visitors Center, The Olde English Pub, C.H. Evans Brewing Albany Pump Station and Irish American Heritage Museum. While a few tulips have popped, there are still a lot of green buds on the verge of blooming!

We challenge our friends at Ten Broeck Mansion, Historic Cherry Hill, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Pruyn House, Shaker Heritage Society and Crailo State Historic Site to join the conversation! Post a photo of your flowers with #518TulipTracker!

We accept Discover Albany's challenge to track our few, but hardy, tulips at Schuyler Mansion! Here they are on 4/21 - s...
04/22/2020

We accept Discover Albany's challenge to track our few, but hardy, tulips at Schuyler Mansion! Here they are on 4/21 - seemingly just on the verge of opening 🙂🌷. Brisk weather, however, might preclude seeing blooms today.#518TulipTracker #DiscoverAlbany #comeonspring!

Soon ....  Albany Events #springinAlbany #SchuylerSpring #518TulipTracker
04/14/2020

Soon .... Albany Events #springinAlbany #SchuylerSpring #518TulipTracker

We may not have many tulips at Schuyler Mansion (and why can we never remember their color?), but we are keeping a close...
04/14/2020

We may not have many tulips at Schuyler Mansion (and why can we never remember their color?), but we are keeping a close eye out for spectacular blooms on the ones we do have! Albany Events #springinAlbany #SchuylerSpring #itsgettingbetter #welovetulips #518TulipTracker

Madeira - Not Just in the History BooksBy the 1790's, distributors of Madeira began to fortify the wine in response to c...
04/03/2020

Madeira - Not Just in the History Books
By the 1790's, distributors of Madeira began to fortify the wine in response to customer's requests, leading to distinct formulas developed for region or state. New York, for example, wanted "an amber, somewhat reddish drink with even less brandy, more sugar, and redolent with spice." This differed from the recipes preferred in Baltimore or Charleston - all which were overall different from the wine sold in the Caribbean.

But don't take Schuyler Mansion's word for it - taste them for yourself! Lucky for us, we can try the Historic Series Madeira, created by the Rare Wine Company, using old recipes found in Madeira. Just in time for that #stationaryfeast tomorrow! Historic Albany Foundation
#historicwines #schuylermansion #drinkwell

When hosting an elegant dinner party at the mansion, Philip Schuyler would have served his guests Madeira, considered by...
04/03/2020

When hosting an elegant dinner party at the mansion, Philip Schuyler would have served his guests Madeira, considered by the 1770's to be the foremost luxury wine of the day.

Named after the island where produced, Madeira was a blend of red and white must to which strong brandy was added multiple times in order to "fortify" it. Unlike other wines that were ruined by sea transport, Madeira benefited from both being stored in heat and the agitation of the ship. The constant movement blended the brandy spirit into the wine and smoothed it quite nicely.

Offering wine was a time-honored way of showing hospitality and Schuyler often ordered a pipe of Madeira to keep on hand (i pipe = approx. 145 gallons = 30 dozen bottles).

One of these bottles was offered to important guests such as the Marquis de Chastellux, who dined at the mansion December 1780 and noted, "While we were warming ourselves, dinner was served, to which everyone did honor, as well as the Madeira, which was excellent, and which made us completely forget the rigor of the season and the fatigue of the journey.”

Schuyler offered wine at most, if not all, social occasions at his home, but pouring Madeira into guest's glasses certainly added a higher level of refinement and enjoyment to the evening's party! Historic Albany Foundation
#stationaryfeast
#historichouseAlbany #historicwines #drinkwell

While we can't offer tours at this time, Schuyler Mansion staff are still excited to research and share the history of t...
03/29/2020
"I shall most cheerfully pay:" The Education of Caty Schuyler

While we can't offer tours at this time, Schuyler Mansion staff are still excited to research and share the history of the site and the people who lived here.Today's topic, the education of the youngest child of the Schuyler family. Caty grew up in a very different world than her older siblings. Click the link below to learn about how her education prepared her for that world!

By Jessie Serfilippi Catharine "Caty" Schuyler at 15 (seated at pianoforte) By November of 1793, seventeen-year-old Cornelia and t...

Hello History Fans, The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the agency under which Schuyler Mansion o...
03/16/2020
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Hello History Fans,
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the agency under which Schuyler Mansion operates, is committed to protecting our employees, patrons, and of course helping to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Consequently, effective Monday, 3/30, Schuyler Mansion will remain closed through May 15th, which includes the Visitors Center, mansion, and our 34 building (bathrooms are also not available). You are welcome to stop by and enjoy the grounds - in a social distancing way, of course!

Please stop back here for updates or be sure to connect with us on our other virtual platforms:
Website: www.parks.ny.gov
Twitter: @Schuyler Mansion
Instagram: schuylermansion
Blogspot: www.schuylermansion.blogspot.com

Until we see you again at the site, we hope that you help us to flatten the curve and remain healthy and safe!

Welcome to the blog of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site! This blog contains articles written by the staff at Schuyler Mansion about th...

They're here! Schuyler Mansion totes are now in stock: size is 16" wide X 15" long and cost $14.95 + tax. If you'd like ...
03/08/2020

They're here! Schuyler Mansion totes are now in stock: size is 16" wide X 15" long and cost $14.95 + tax. If you'd like to stop in and get one, the site will be open on Saturday, 3/21, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Need that stylish alternative to plastic bags? Schuyler Mansion has you covered! This fab tote bag (front and back shown...
03/01/2020

Need that stylish alternative to plastic bags? Schuyler Mansion has you covered! This fab tote bag (front and back shown below) will be arriving at the mansion gift shop in the next week or so!

Today we celebrate TWO Schuyler sisters' birthdays! #OTD in 1756, Angelica Schuyler was the first child born to Catharin...
02/20/2020

Today we celebrate TWO Schuyler sisters' birthdays! #OTD in 1756, Angelica Schuyler was the first child born to Catharine van Rensselaer and Philip Schuyler. #OTD in 1781, exactly 25 years later, Catharine "Caty" Schuyler was the final child born to her parents.

When Angelica was born, her father wrote in the family bible: "In the year 1756 February the 20th at 4 o’clock in the afternoon was born our first child a daughter named Engeltie [...] The Lord grant that she may grow up in His fear and enter into salvation." 25 years later, he wrote upon Caty's birth: "1781 was born our fifteenth child named Catharine Van Renselaer. Let her, O Lord, grow up in virtue and to Thy glory witness."

By the time Caty was born, Angelica already had two children! Angelica and Caty were members of separate generations and grew up under incredibly different circumstances. Angelica was born during the French and Indian War, and came of age at the height of the Revolutionary era. Fitting for her time, much of her political and cultural life was oriented around the major coastal cities of the US, and overseas to England and France.

Caty, on the other hand was born in 1781, just two years before the official end of the war, which means she would grow up never truly having known a world in which an independent United States of America did not exist. While much of her early education took place in NYC, as had that of her older sisters, as an adult she spent the majority of her life in the Central New York and Lake Ontario regions, at the same time that commercial trade along the Great Lakes was transforming the new nation.

As we marvel at the complexities of generational experience, let us take a moment to wish a happy birthday to these two sisters who grew up in the same family, but in two completely different worlds.

The image to the left shows Angelica as a mother, with another woman (likely a servant) standing behind her. The image to the right shows Caty as a mother many years later.

Crailo’s Twelfth Night and Schuyler Mansion’s Salutations of the Season are this Saturday from 4:00 PM-7:30 PM, and our ...
01/03/2020

Crailo’s Twelfth Night and Schuyler Mansion’s Salutations of the Season are this Saturday from 4:00 PM-7:30 PM, and our friends at Crailo are offering an exciting opportunity!

The first 50 visitors who purchase combination tickets across the river at Crailo will receive a miniature wooden shoe ornament and a chance to win a special holiday gift from Crailo and Schuyler Mansion: a historical Dutch cookbook by renowned culinary historian Peter Rose and music by the Musicians of Ma'alwyck, recorded at Schuyler Mansion. To participate, pick up your wooden shoe and ticket at Crailo’s Twelfth Night when you buy a combination admission. Then deposit your ticket for the drawing when you cross the river for Salutations of the Season at Schuyler Mansion.

Did you know, the average person in the US spends roughly 72 hours waiting in line in every year? According to the map b...
01/02/2020

Did you know, the average person in the US spends roughly 72 hours waiting in line in every year? According to the map below, in that span, you could drive between Crailo State Historic Site and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 720 times!

We are less than a 2 mile drive apart (only .7 miles if you swim the river and walk directly through eleven brick walls, but who wants to deal with the headache?) In the Schuylers' time, it seems that Philip and Catharine could look across the river to see where she had grown up at Crailo (as depicted in Thomas Davies' 1766 landscape painting).

It also means that if you are planning on visiting both Crailo and Schuyler Mansion for our Twelfth Night celebrations on Saturday, January 4th, you can travel from the 17th century to the 18th century in minutes!

Have you ever attended Crailo’s Twelfth Night celebration?
12/27/2019

Have you ever attended Crailo’s Twelfth Night celebration?

239 years ago, Elizabeth Schuyler married Alexander Hamilton at the Schuyler family home in Albany. Engaged since April ...
12/14/2019

239 years ago, Elizabeth Schuyler married Alexander Hamilton at the Schuyler family home in Albany. Engaged since April of that year, this was a lengthy engagement in the middle of the war, (especially when compared to her parents' engagement period, which was measured in days, not weeks or months!)

While initial correspondence between Hamilton and his future in-laws indicates cool caution on Philip and Catharine's part, Philip Schuyler had definitely warmed up to Alexander by the time that the new couple left Albany to celebrate with Hamilton's military family.

To learn more about the wedding and the Hamiltons' relationship with this family, house, and community, check out or events page for information on our Hamilton focus tours. In the meantime, please join us in congratulating the happy couple!

Our staff just had an exciting realization: We have a Hamilton tour scheduled for December 14th. Alexander and Elizabeth...
12/07/2019

Our staff just had an exciting realization: We have a Hamilton tour scheduled for December 14th. Alexander and Elizabeth Hamilton got married at the house on... December 14th!

There are still spots on both tours that day (Women of Schuyler Mansion at 11:00am and Hamilton at 2:00pm). If you want to snag spots on this auspicious anniversary, give us a call at (518)434-0834 or 0835. First call, first serve!

What to do with your guests, post-Thanksgiving?  Bring them to Schuyler Mansion! That's right, we will be here on Saturd...
11/24/2019

What to do with your guests, post-Thanksgiving? Bring them to Schuyler Mansion! That's right, we will be here on Saturday, 11/30, and will regale your family and friends for an hour with all sorts of fascinating factual information about the Schuyler household! Tours begin at 11:00 a.m., will be offered on the hour, with the last tour at 3:00 p.m. However, should demand supersede space any given hour (tours max out at 11 people), we will be offering an Open House instead. See you Saturday!

#OTD in 1854, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton died in Washington DC at the age of 97. Over the course of her long life, Eliz...
11/09/2019

#OTD in 1854, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton died in Washington DC at the age of 97. Over the course of her long life, Eliza raised eight children, took in orphaned children, and co-founded the first private orphanage in NYC.

Eliza was a gifted needle-worker and an avid traveler. Starting in her 60s and through her 90s, Eliza traveled from her home in NYC to places like Mount Vernon, Oswego, and Wisconsin. She eventually moved to Washington DC with her daughter, Eliza, where she lived until her death.

Eliza's son, James, who was with her when she died, wrote a letter to his aunt Caty, Eliza's only surviving sibling, with the news that "My dear mother finished her course here this morning at about 4 Oclock." He told Caty that her sister "passed off without a struggle."

Perhaps most importantly to historians, Eliza gathered Hamilton's letters & papers, and worked tirelessly to get a biography on him written. After decades of trying to find a biographer, her son, John Church Hamilton, agreed to write it. Far too close to her subject, Eliza was not a perfect historian. She removed documentation that cast her husband in any sort of negative light, including nearly all mentions of slavery in the Hamilton family from history.

Yet what little she left behind on these subjects allows current historians to now tell the narrative she tried to erase. Without Eliza, Hamilton scholarship would not exist. Her efforts have made possible all Hamilton biographies, many Hamilton-related historical fiction books, the hit Broadway musical, and our own Hamilton tour.

Her children buried Eliza next to her husband in Trinity Church Yard in Manhattan. After fifty long years of working to preserve his legacy, Eliza was finally reunited with her Hamilton. Today we remember Eliza as the keeper of not only Hamilton's legacy, but also her own. Thank you, Eliza, for telling your story.

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Tour Times: Tour Info: During the open season, tours begin at 11:00 a.m., and are offered on the hour with the last tour at 4:00 p.m., however, pre-registered groups and special events will alter the tour schedule. Calling prior to your visit to check for schedule changes is highly recommended. All tours at Schuyler Mansion are guided tours. Visitors may enter the house only when accompanied by staff. General tours last an hour. General tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Schuyler Mansion does not take reservations for general tours (except for large groups, of course). Please call the site at (518) 434 – 0834 if you have further questions about Schuyler Mansion's open hours or tours.

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First course of an elaborate dinner at the Schuyler's (a la 18th century!). Historic Albany Foundation #Astationaryfeast #historicAlbany #museumcommunity #18thcenturydining
Can you get a National Parks Passport cancellation here? Thanks much!
Free Program . Ages 5 and up. Must sign up through the Nassau Free Library. Once in a lifetime opportunity for free in our area.
A new book about Alexander Hamilton by Michael Newton. It includes information about his marriage to Elizabeth Schuyler. The talk is July 17th and the book will be available. Visit our website for details http://www.fortplainmuseum.com/viewevent.aspx?ID=1045
Will you have farm's day this June?
Tonight! Learn about the interaction of enslaved people within the Palatine community of upstate New York: https://www.facebook.com/events/2118820108430966/
Happy Anniversary to Alexander and Eliza!❤️
Folks, don’t waste your time going here. The workers don’t want you! They do everything they can to make you feel unwelcome. It is “their” house, and they are only too happy to keep as many of you out as they can. Go to Waterford museum instead. They are proud of the place and welcome the public with open arms.
What a great experience! Jessie was an incredible and knowledgable guide and offered insight with a wonderful sense of humor.
Voting ends at 8:30 this morning! Saratoga National Historical Park is requesting your help to pull off an astounding win in #MuseumMadness! Simply click on the picture of Saratoga below to cast your vote and side with history! https://www.facebook.com/NPS.NMSC/posts/1737370742975239
HISTORICAL SITES UNITE! Saratoga National Historical Park is requesting your help to pull off an astounding win in #MuseumMadness! Simply click on the picture of Saratoga below to cast your vote and side with history! https://www.facebook.com/NPS.NMSC/posts/1737370742975239
Went on a Hamilton themed focus tour of the Schuyler Mansion in Albany yesterday with my husband and daughter. Tour was very enjoyable and thorough, with a great group of active participants whose questions added a lot to our experience. Our terrific tour guide took all the extra time needed to answer any and all questions. Fans of the show, the book or the history won't be disappointed.